Proverbs 2:17
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New International Version
who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.

King James Bible
Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

Darby Bible Translation
who forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God;

World English Bible
who forsakes the friend of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God:

Young's Literal Translation
Who is forsaking the guide of her youth, And the covenant of her God hath forgotten.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Which forsaketh the guide of her youth - Leaves her father's house and instructions, and abandons herself to the public.

The covenant of her God - Renounces the true religion, and mixes with idolaters; for among them prostitution was enormous. Or by the covenant may be meant the matrimonial contract, which is a covenant made in the presence of God between the contracting parties, in which they bind themselves to be faithful to each other.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the guide

Proverbs 5:18 Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth.

Jeremiah 3:4 Will you not from this time cry to me, My father, you are the guide of my youth?

forgetteth

Ezekiel 16:8,59,60 Now when I passed by you, and looked on you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you...

Malachi 2:14-16 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously...

Library
The Beginning and End of Wisdom
PROVERBS ii. 2, 3, 5. If thou incline thine ear to wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after wisdom, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. We shall see something curious in the last of these verses, when we compare it with one in the chapter before. The chapter before says, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That if we wish to be wise at all, we must BEGIN by
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God

Letter xxiv (Circa A. D. 1126) to Oger, Regular Canon
To Oger, Regular Canon [34] Bernard blames him for his resignation of his pastoral charge, although made from the love of a calm and pious life. None the less, he instructs him how, after becoming a private person, he ought to live in community. To Brother Oger, the Canon, Brother Bernard, monk but sinner, wishes that he may walk worthily of God even to the end, and embraces him with the fullest affection. 1. If I seem to have been too slow in replying to your letter, ascribe it to my not having
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
Genesis 2:24
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Jeremiah 3:4
Have you not just called to me: 'My Father, my friend from my youth,

Malachi 2:14
You ask, "Why?" It is because the LORD is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.

Malachi 2:15
Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

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